Thursday, November 21, 2013

LET'S GET COZY! HOME FOR THE HAUNTING: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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HOME FOR THE HAUNTING 
A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery
BY JULIET BLACKWELL
ABOUT THE BOOK: 
No good deed goes unpunished.

San Francisco contractor Mel Turner is leading a volunteer home renovation project, and while she expects lots of questions from her inexperienced crew, she can’t help asking a few of her own—especially about the haunted house next door...the place local kids call the Murder House.

But when volunteers discover a body while cleaning out a shed, questions pile up faster than discarded lumber. Mel notices signs of ghostly activity next door and she wonders: Are the Murder House ghosts reaching out to her for help, or has the house claimed another victim?
Now, surprised to find herself as the SFPD’s unofficial “ghost consultant,” Mel must investigate murders both past and present before a spooky killer finishes another job. 

AN EXCERPT FROM HOME FOR THE HAUNTING:
You know your job sucks when you find yourself escaping into a Port o' Potty.

The blue outhouses are indispensable on a jobsite, and, like the old joke about growing old, are a darned site better than the alternative. But they're not normally a place I choose to spend much time.
Today, however, I found myself lingering in the bright blue toilet. Warmed by the early spring sunshine, it reeked of hot plastic and a sickly sweet air freshener, but offered me a few minutes' respite from the steady barrage of questions and demands from dozens of eager but singularly unqualified volunteers I was directing.
 
"Mel, was I supposed to apply a coat of primer before painting?"
 
"I think stepped on a rusty nail. Is that bad?"
 
"Mel, there's this thing inside that's marked 'Biohazard.' What should I do with it?"
 
"Where's the dust mask/safety glasses/respirator/first aid kit?"
 
"Is this mold toxic? Do I need a lawyer?"
 
"Um...Mel? You should probably come see this."

Running a renovation project involves answering a lot of questions, and since I renovate houses for a living, I've grown accustomed to fielding rapid-fire inquiries about building details, design issues, and bureaucratic snafus. Usually, though, I work with professionals who know which end of a miter saw is up. TO FINISH READING THIS EXCERPT, VISIT THE AUTHOR'S WEBSITE HERE. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Juliet Blackwell is the NYT bestselling author of the Haunted Home Renovation mystery series (If Walls Could Talk, Dead Bolt, Murder on the House) and the Witchcraft mystery series (Secondhand Spirits, A Cast-off Coven, Hexes and Hemlines, In a Witch’s Wardrobe). As Hailey Lind, Juliet penned the Art Lover’s Mystery series, including Agatha-nominated Feint of Art. A former anthropologist and social worker, Juliet has worked and studied in Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, the Philippines, and France. She now lives in a happily haunted house in Oakland, California, where she is a muralist and portrait painter. She was a two-term president of Northern California Sisters in Crime.   Visit Juliet at www.julietblackwell.net; http://www.facebook.com/JulietBlackwellAuthor; and Twitter @JulietBlackwell

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I'm wondering why the local kids call the haunted house the Murder House?
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